The adventures of proud Polish-American freelance insurance investigator Thomas Banacek.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
George Peppard ...  Thomas Banacek 17 episodes, 1972-1974
Ralph Manza ...  Jay Drury 17 episodes, 1972-1974
Murray Matheson ...  Felix Mulholland 16 episodes, 1972-1974
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Storyline

Thomas Banacek is a clever and well-to-do freelance insurance investigator living in Boston. He makes good money by solving the most intricate and unusual mysteries, and is very proud of his Polish heritage. His contacts include his street-smart chauffeur Jay and British bookstore owner Felix. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banacek: Kova kyttä See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(16 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Peppard originally signed to star in a weekly hour series, but NBC instead chose to make "Banacek" a 90-minute show that would alternate with two other series on NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie. Peppard's contract was not modified, however, leaving him free to leave the series after two seasons to pursue other projects. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Banacek: When your sleigh is being chased by wolves, throw them a raisin cookie, but don't stop to bake a cake.
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Featured in The Universal Story (1996) See more »

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There's an old Polish proverb ...
2 April 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Polish-American Thomas Banacek, antiques collector, insurance agent, and amateur sleuth, appeared in this enjoyable series in the early 1970s. Played by the lovely George Peppard, pre-A Team. Each week he tries to solve a mystery, on commission of course, with the help of his rare bookseller friend, Felix (the peerless Murray Matheson), and his driver, Jay (the excellent Ralph Manza). Sometimes we got girl power too in the shape of feisty Carlie Kirkland (Christine Belford). Banacek slides his way through each case with ease - whether tackling disappearances, drug running, gold bullion disappearances, and the like. He usually ends up with a pretty girl as well who he's met while he's been investigating. Absolute rubbish but I loved it. And his catchphrase 'There's an old Polish proverb' must have suited Peppard as he wheeled it out again in his Chinatown TV movies some years later (as 'There's an old Chinese proverb', of course).


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